This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is from Baking Chez Moi, it is the Granola Energy Bars. This recipe came at a great time for me because I am actually trying to eat pretty healthy right now. I did have to modify the recipe slightly because I wanted it to be vegan and then we had an incident with the Brown Rice Syrup.
I used the nuts and seeds that the recipe called for: pumpkin seeds raw, sunflower seeds raw and slivered almonds raw. For the dried fruit I stuck with stuff that I like: dried cranberries and golden raisins, and used unsweetened coconut. When I opened my Brown Rice Syrup it looked okay and then I smelled it and it smelled off. I have a tendency to smell stuff to check to make sure it is okay. Well when I looked closer, I noticed that there was small specks of mold growing in it. I ended up throwing out the Brown Rice Syrup and I used Golden Syrup instead. I also used coconut oil instead of the butter, hence vegan 🙂
The recipe actually came together really easy. The hard part was waiting the 3 hours for it to cool in the pan before I could sample the bars. Once they had cooled, I cut them, and sampled them. Then my youngest Bogarted my piece, like she usually does with food. The granola bars and awesome. I love the crunch and the slight sweetness. I do eat them over the sink because they tend to make a mess, but a plate can also solve this problem. I will definitely be making these again.